How many of us grew up with a trial lawyer? I didn't. When a life-changing event happens and you need answers to your questions, where do you go? How do you know the lawyer you are about to meet with is right for you and your case?
What do other lawyers normally say?
Many lawyers will come at you with the following:
We have a combined one hundred years of experience with cases like these and have recovered millions for our clients. We will fight for you. We will get you money fast. The money you deserve.
They will then write a slick slogan that will stick in your mind. We all laugh about them. But unless you know a personal injury lawyer that you trust, how will you know what to do when your life turns upside down? Well, that is where this section of the book comes into play. Print this out and keep it handy. You can use it when you are searching for the best personal injury trial lawyer for your case.
Please understand that the best personal injury lawyer for one case may not be the best personal injury lawyer for another case. As an example, if you’re injured in a car wreck and incur around $3,000 in medical bills and $500 in lost wages, you may want a lawyer who is good at negotiating with adjusters to get you $6,000. If you want your money quickly, say in a month, there are lawyers and law firms that are set up specifically for these types of cases.
If you lose a loved one in a crash involving an 18-wheeler, though, you are likely not going to want that same lawyer. You are going to want a trial lawyer who knows how to work a complex catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death case from start to finish. You are going to want a trial lawyer who will turn over every stone to make sure you get full value. You will want to be informed of what happened, who is responsible, and what a fair and reasonable amount is to hold the at-fault party responsible for the damages caused.
What questions should I ask the lawyer?
Following are just some of the questions you should ask a prospective attorney. The answers you’re looking for will depend on the type of person you are, the type of case you have, and the outcome you want.
- Have you handled this type of case before?
- Do you handle cases other than personal injury or wrongful death?
- How many cases does your firm handle at one time?
- What is the process of handling a case like this at your firm?
- What do I need to have for you to evaluate my case?
- Do I even need a lawyer at this time?
- Do I need a lawyer for this case?
- Is there anything you can do to help me?
- If you are not going to take the case, will you point me in the direction of someone who will?
- If I have no case, will you be honest and tell me as soon as you know it?
- Will you meet with me in person?
- Can I talk to you over the phone about my case?
- If I give you my information, will you evaluate my case free of charge?
- Do you cover the expenses on the case as it progresses, and then get reimbursed for that amount at the end of the case from any money recovered?
- What is your contingency fee prior to filing the lawsuit?
- What is your contingency fee after filing the lawsuit?
- Is your fee based upon the size of the case?
- If my doctors will not see me, can you provide me with a list of physicians in my area that I can call who may treat me for my injuries?
- Are you willing and able to take my case to trial?
- If the case goes to trial and we lose, will you appeal?
- If you’re a trial lawyer, how often do you go to trial?
- Have you lost before?
If you have any questions about the process of hiring a personal injury lawyer, what a typical attorney fee contract says, or whether you are about to hire the best lawyer for your case, order my free book called The Essential Guide For Your Texas Injury Case or give me a call. We are here for you.